Thursday, September 02, 2010

Using SMS to remind heart transplant patients to take their meds

According to this story on MobiHealthNews, the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is using CareSpeak Communications to boost medication adherence in teenage patients who undergo a heart transplant. Medication adherence in critical in this population because you can't afford to risk organ rejection by missing doses of your meds.

These SMS reminders aren't simple one-way reminders. Patients will need to reply back, indicating that they've taken their pills. If they don't reply, then text messages will get sent to family members who will make sure that their teen takes the pills.

CareSpeak Communications develops wireless communications technologies for the institutional and consumer healthcare markets. Our main goal is to ensure that our products / services are efficacious, easy to use and affordable for the end user whether it is a patient, caregiver and/or health care professional.

Here's a video that shows you CareSpeak in action:

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